Saving Your MyiLibrary ebook notes before the Ebook Central Upgrade



On 21st March all e-books on the Myilibrary platform will move to a new platform called Ebook Central. Unless you save any notes you have made in MyiLibrary ebooks before 21st March you will lose them after the upgrade.

Here’s how to save any notes you have made in MyiLibrary ebooks you have read online (not in books you’ve downloaded).

Step 1: Log in to MyiLibrary.

Step 2: Select My Account at the top of the home page, then select Notes from the drop-down menu. You will see the list of books you have added annotated notes to.

Step 3: Select the titles from which you want to preserve your notes.

Step 4: Choose to either print your notes or email them to yourself. If you choose to email your notes, you will receive an HTML-based message from that includes the book titles, the page numbers associated with your notes, and the note titles. Also included will be a link to each note page in MyiLibrary, although these links will not be valid once the Ebook Central upgrade is complete.

For further information contact the library at or visit the Research Enquiries desk from 11am – 4pm Monday to Friday in the library.


to Hunter for more features

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Hunter – the library’s search tool – does more than allow you to search across the Library’s print and electronic resources. You can use Hunter to save useful resources, manage your library account and request items that the library doesn’t hold. All of these features can be activated by signing in to Hunter before you start your search.

Remember: SGUL students and staff should use their SGUL username and password. NHS staff can obtain their login by emailing or calling the Library Helpdesk on 020 8725 5466 (between 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday).

to:

Check item details
Place holds
Manage your account
Add items to your e-Shelf
Save your searches
Request an inter-library loan


Check item details

If you are searching Hunter for a print book, the Locations tab will give you more details about the item’s availability:


If you want to identify the loan period for each copy (i.e. find out if they are 1 or 3 week loans), click the ‘Sign-in for more options’ link and you’ll be prompted to login:


Once signed in, you’ll be able to see the loan period for each copy of the book.



Place holds

If all copies of the book that you want are out on loan, you can place a hold on that book. When a copy becomes available, you will be notified by e-mail to come and collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

The ‘Locations’ tab will tell you if there are any copies available. If all the copies have the status ‘On Loan‘, you’ll need to sign-in to Hunter in order to place a hold on the book. Click the ‘Sign-in for more options‘ link:


Enter your login details when prompted. Then click the ‘Place Hold‘ link which has now become active:


Click on the ‘Request’ button to confirm the hold. You’ll then be notified of your place in the Holds queue:


You can view or cancel your hold requests by using the ‘My Account‘ link in the top right-hand corner of Hunter and clicking on the ‘Requests‘ tab:



Manage your account

As well as viewing and managing your hold requests (see above) you can use the My Account feature to:

  • View your current loans and check their due dates.
  • Check your account for any outstanding overdue fines.
  • Change the display settings to view more results per page.
  • View your previous loan history.


You’ll see in the top left two other tabs. These will allow you to save individual search results by adding them to your e-Shelf, and to save useful searches for later.


Add items to your e-Shelf

If you find a useful resource when searching Hunter that you want to save for later, click the star next to the title:


This will turn the star orange and add the item to your e-Shelf.

You can retrieve it, and any other records you have saved, by clicking the e-Shelf link in the top right-hand corner of the page…


…or by clicking the e-Shelf tab when logged in to your account.

Anything you ‘star’ will be added to this folder. You can manage and organise them (perhaps by topic, or by assignment) into separate folders if you find this useful.



Save your searches

You can also save a whole page of search results to your e-Shelf in one go. Click the ‘Add page to e-Shelf’ link inn the bottom left hand corner of the page.


Above that is an option to ‘Save search’. Click on this to save your search terms in your account, so that you can run the search again at a later date. You’ll be prompted to give the search a name:


You can also save the search as an ‘alert’. When new papers that match your search terms are added to Hunter, you’ll be emailed a list of them to your registered email address.

You can view and manage these searches in the ‘Searches’ tab of your account.


Request an inter-library loan

If you are unable to find a book or journal article in our collections, we may be able to obtain a copy for you from a different library*. More details on the inter-library process can be found here:

You’ll find the online form to request an inter-library loan in the top right-hand corner of Hunter. The link will remain greyed out until you sign-in:


*charges may apply.
For more help with any of these features, or using Hunter to find resources, please email the Liaison Team on or visit the Research Enquiries Desk between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Changes to downloading e-books from Dawsonera *revised*

The process for downloading e-books from Dawsonera is changing. You may
have already noticed this change for some Dawsonera e-books and it will
apply to all Dawsonera e-books from 31st October 2017.

From a SGUL desktop computer or laptop

We advise you to use the read online option if you are
using a university computer or library laptop to access Dawsonera e-books.

From your own computer or mobile device

If you want to download a Dawsonera e-book onto your own desktop computer,
laptop, or mobile device, you will need to install free software as
described below.

  • To download Dawsonera e-books to your own desktop or laptop, you will
    need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
  • To download Dawsonera e-books to an iOS (Apple) or Android device, you
    will need to first download the BlueFire Reader app, which is available from the Apple and Google play stores.
  • How to download ADE or BlueFire Reader and access your Dawsonera e-book:
    1. Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Visit theAdobe website, click “ Sign in”, then “Get an Adobe ID”. Fill in the online form to sign up for an ID.
    2. Download ADE or BlueFire Reader, and authorise the software with your Adobe ID.
    3. Access the e-book on Dawsonera as normal, and choose to download to
      either Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader as appropriate.
  • Adobe have also provided this clip on how to create an Adobe ID

MyiLibrary e-books: browser issues

We’re currently experiencing a problem with MyiLibrary e-books not loading in Firefox.

If you experience an issue with accessing e-books please use Internet ExplorerOther e-book platforms such as Oxford and DawsonEra are not affected.

Firefox is the default browser on SGUL onsite computers.  You can access Internet Explorer by  clicking on the Windows icon on the task bar and selecting  ‘All Programs’.

Reading Dawson e-books within the Firefox browser.

If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser, there are a few settings you can change so that e-books display properly within your browser.

In Firefox go to:  Tools > Options

choose tools then options in Firefox

In the window that pops up, choose the ‘Application’ tab and change  ALL FOUR  Adobe Acrobat settings in the Content Type list to:

“Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)”

change all adobe acrobat settings to  read adobe acrobat (in Firefox)

You may also need to change the settings in Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Edit > Preferences > Internet

From there make sure that the ‘Display PDF in browser’ check box has been ticked.

make sure adobe acrobat disploy pdf in browser checkbox is ticked

After doing this, PDFs should open within the browser if you are using Firefox.